Saturday was one of the most perfect, beautiful days that we’ve had in NYC in quite some time – low humidity, cool breeze, highs in the low 80’s. Ahhh.
Even better, when I woke up ’round 5:45 a.m. for my 17-miler, it was 65 degrees and felt (dare I say) almost fall-like out there. The cool breeze and all around gorgeousness outside, along with a good night’s sleep and the proper fuel, helped me get through the run with flying colors.
Before the run, I ate a banana (unpictured) and packed a few dried apricots to bring with some Gatorade.
Despite being hit with some tummy troubles about 90 minutes into the run (ehm, thank goodness for the new Le Pain Quotidien in Sheep’s Meadow being open early and having clean bathrooms 🙂 ), I felt pretty great and finished strong. Runs like this are really starting to give me confidence for the big 26.2 on November 7!
I really wanted to recover and refuel from this run as best as I could, so before I showered or stretched when I got home, I enjoyed a few scoopfuls of PB & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter.
Carbs and protein immediately after a run help maximize muscle recovery, after all 🙂 My stomach is usually iffy after long runs, but this goes down well for some reason (chocolate milk works too). A larger breakfast followed a quick stretch and shower.
TJ’s Twigs, Flakes and Clusters/Kashi Go Lean, organic raspberries and almond milk. Mmmmmm.
Another important part of the recovery routine – my trusty compression socks. These help with circulation and I really feel a difference in the leggies after wearing them for a while.
I also wore this schnazzy outfit in public during a trip to the Union Square Greenmarket and Whole Foods. Priorities, people! (Though I think I’ve just horrified both Rachel Zoe and my sister.)
The rest of the day, I made sure to hydrate like it was my job and avoid the awful, dizzy feeling of being dehydrated I experienced a few weeks ago after a 16-miler.
This involved not laying out in the sun all day and drinking too little fluids (DUH). Instead, I enjoyed the beautiful day in the shade reading a book I’m slowly becoming obsessed with.
Another thing that helped get me through the last few miles of the run was some good old-fashioned self-bribery. This involved the promise of a Whole Foods pizza, a vegan cupcake and a pedicure.
I packed on the veg – zucchini, grape tomatoes, broccoli and some diced red/green bell peppers.
And while I waited for it to cook had a salad with greens, cucumber and a delicious radish from a huge bunch scored at the Greenmarket.
The pizza was everything I had hoped for and more.
So was the vegan cupcake.
I used to be totally addicted to these, but now just save them for “special” occasions. 🙂
I think my recovery plan worked well – I slept like a rock Saturday night and got in a steady 5 mile recovery run early Sunday morning. Hooray!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to enjoy a pedicure, maybe a movie and most likely, mass quantities of food (30 miles in three days = FEED ME!).
Question: Any long run recovery tips and tricks you rely on?